Bahrain sentences 19 to jail for spying for Iran

A Bahraini court on Monday (October 30th) sentenced 19 individuals to lengthy jail terms on charges of spying for Iran and plotting to overthrow the regime, AFP reported.

Eight people were sentenced to life in prison, nine to 15 years in prison and two to 10 years in jail for espionage and inciting public dissent, according to a statement released by the counter-terrorism prosecutor's office.

Fifteen of those convicted also were stripped of Bahraini citizenship, the statement said.

The court found the group guilty of leaking information to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Lebanon's Iran-backed Hizbullah and of receiving "material support" from the two forces.

They also were convicted of forming a cell to "incite the public against the government and call for regime change by force".

The prosecutor's office said the 19 belonged to al-Wafa movement, a little-known group which Bahraini authorities say is linked to the IRGC and Hizbullah.

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